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Junk Food Gift Baskets

At the outset, I would like to state that for the life in me I cannot understand why one would want to gift a Junk food Gift Baskets to another person, unless of course they aren’t excessively fond of them. Junk food is not only unhealthy but in many cases borders on outright dangerous and potato chips, colas and hamburgers are the chief cause of the rise of obesity in America.
Having said that, if you must purchase a Junk Food Gift Basket, it is only fair that you educate yourself about what you are getting into. The phrase Junk Food was coined by Michael Jacobson, director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, in 1972. Examples of junk food may include, but are not limited to: hamburgers, pizza, candy, soda and salty foods like potato chips and French fries. A diet rich in junk food is not conducive to maintaining a balanced diet. Besides Obesity, Junk Food (particularly the kind that is high on sugar) can lead to Dental cavities, Type 2 diabetes, heart attacks so on and so forth. A search on the World Wide Web reveals the popularity of Junk Food Gift Baskets and its promotion aimed specifically at Teenagers and pre-teens.

More often than not, you will find Gift baskets loaded with different kinds of chocolates, potato chips, and colas for exorbitant prices at that. For instance a potato chips basket with a couple of candies thrown in could set you back by $50. Anybody studying consumer law will know what a rip-off that is. The only solution is to slowly and steadily revert to healthier alternatives to Junk Food. Obviously you cannot expect someone who eats potato chips everyday to replace that with fruits right away. Therefore the process needs to be slow and monitored. Junk Food contains certain ingredients that give to it an addictive quality. Many people have been known to suffer from withdrawal symptoms like headaches and excessive stomach cramps when they decided to give up Junk Food. So what then are the alternatives you could use instead??
  • Popcorn or Pretzels gift basket-: Instead of using Potato chips use popcorn made with margarine (as opposed to butter). Keep it unsalted preferably but it’s all right to add a pinch of salt. Toss in some pretzels and assorted dry fruits. Decorate the basket well to make it appealing for a child.

  • Bran Muffins gift basket-: Kids love Doughnuts filled and flavored with chocolate sauce or whipped cream. Instead create a gift basket filled with low fat bran muffins with dried fruits, nuts and berries and for added measure toss in some low fat whipped cream or low fat margarine.

  • Chocolates gift basket-: Ok I know this an oxy moron and you can’t ever have ‘healthy chocolates’. However kids will always be kids and they are going to want chocolates every once in a while. The key is to avoid the regular loaded chocolates and go for varieties that use dark chocolate and have a fruit filling.
Similarly you can replace choco-chip or peanut butter cookies with oatmeal cookies and regular ice cream with the low fat version. By all means do let the kids give into the craving sometime but let them know how harmful junk food really can be.


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